How to Open Device Manager in Windows 10, 7 & 8. Easily

By Camilla Mo in Technical Tips

Device Manager is a Windows utility where you can manage the drivers. In Device Manager, you can check for the driver status, update drivers, uninstall drivers, etc. So it’s very important to know how to access Device Manager.

How to open it?

There are several ways to open Device Manager. The ways are different depending on the Windows version installed on your computer. In this article, we’ll show you a common and easy to access Device Manager. This way applies to all Windows versions including Windows 10. 

Follow these steps to access Device Manager in all Windows versions:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key   and R at the same time to invoke the run box.

2) Type devmgmt.msc and click OK

Then Device Manager will open. Here taking Device Manager in Windows 10 for example:

For devices with problem drivers, in Device Manager, you’ll see a yellow mark (yellow triangle or yellow question mark) next to it. Like below screenshot shows:

How to fix the driver problems easily?

If you see a device with a yellow mark, you may not use it properly. To resolve the problem, you can update the drivers.

You can update the drivers manually. But if you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to all flagged devices to automatically download and install the correct version of their driver (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

  • Dovahlord90

    this driver easy thing.. it doesn’t let me update and keep forcing me to update to pro. i will do each update one at a time and yet it keeps bothering. I have tried similar things. If u dont know how to manually update this this driver easy is useless…

  • Panagiotis Leledakis

    thank you!!!it worked!!

  • elaine day

    since installing windows 10 my computer has no sound and videos (on facebook or you tube) wont play

  • asc

    how can I disable or uninstall number-lock on win 10

  • Amit Shukla

    I am getting code 43 error on connecting my smartphone (blackberry passport) to my desktop PC. I cant see any driver for this ?

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Amit Shukla,

      You can try using Driver Easy to scan your computer to detect any problem drivers.

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  • Kenneth hiebert

    how can I download and install the ethernet controller on a Pavillion dv6 6c 13cl

  • John McKenzie

    A friend accidentally clicked on the advert for windows 10. Since then I’ve had problems downloading photos from my samsung phone. It has worked once or twice, but usually the laptop does not recognise that a phone is in the USB port. Any ideas on how to fix this?

  • maha

    i have problem in network controller, Ethernet controller,PCI device,PCI data acquisition and signal processing controller, USB controller, unknown device are not able to update automatically for asus laptop of windows 7 32bit operating system if there is any way to upadate please send the link to the below email id.

    • camilla mo

      Hi maha,

      Thank you for your comment.

      You can use Driver Easy to solve any driver issues. Driver Easy PRO provides on-click update solution. To update all drivers, you just need to click your mouse one click.
      You will enjoy 30-day money back guarantee. You can ask for a full refund if you are not satisfied with the product.

      You are welcome to leave your comments again.

  • Adam

    My USB ports won’t recognize my lightening cable for my iPhone.

  • sandis

    i cant do this trick i dont have too moch time and cant do it

  • minhtan

    Not”sound…”. help me ,please

    • qazii.abdulhaq

      you are downloed.driver pack solutions

  • Richard Glaze

    I see a lot of comments saying they put off the Windows 10 upgrade till they were “forced” to, as if MS automatically downloaded it onto their computer? I went to my local tech store to view a W-10 OS and decided I didn’t like it, didn’t want it, and asked if it were necessary or mandatory to have it. I was told if I didn’t want it I didn’t have to get it, so I didn’t. I was never forced to upgrade my Windows 7 Home Premium Edition to W-10, and I’m very happy I didn’t after reading these horror stories about Windows 10. I did however lose my “Windows Update” for about 8 months, coinciding with when the free Windows 10 upgrade icon disappeared from my menu bar. A few days ago my “Automatic Updates” came back. I don’t know how or why but I’m happy to have my updates back. This is why I hate Windows: It seems a new OS is mandatory every few years or so as they stop updating your present 3-4 year old OS. Good luck to you all who got and hate Windows 10.

  • Linda

    Thank you so much!!! I’ve been looking everywhere for hours with no luck until I found this. It did the trick!!! I’m very grateful!

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    • Mohammed

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  • Ron Bonheim

    Very disappointed with Windows 10. Wish I could return to 8. Microsoft will not allow you to go back. I am trapped in Win 10 and very unhappy.

    • Aabhas

      then,download the .iso file of win 8 from torrent and install it manually

  • Nihyae Jones

    I didn’t see any yellow triangle or anything next to any of them in my device manager but I’m still having this problem.

    • Anna Zuber

      Same with my computer – have been having sound problems so I thought I would try the Device Manager option – no yellow triangles or question marks – so, have you found another way to fix these problems? Just wondering.

      • Emily

        I’m having the same problem too, I’ve wiped my laptop and reconfigured it. Was your laptop pre configured by PC world or anything?

        • Doug

          Same problem here, no audio from speakers or headset

  • Beth

    My computer is not recognizing the SD card I have been using for over a year. I tried another SD and it recognizes it so that would make me think the reader is fine but something wrong with my card. How do I fix this?

    • u dont, ur SD card is broken there is nothing u can do abbout it, if u want to get ur stuff back out from it u need to be very lucky and deliver that to a pro MAYBE he can get ur dada but probably not!

  • Madhobi

    I was facing problems with the drivers on my PC & because i was so much exhausted i uninstalled all Unknown Device drivers & now,USB, pendrives nothing is getting recognized. How to fix it?

    • Morten

      you will have too download the drivers either from the internet or copy it from another pc who got the drivers and then copy it over too an USB.

      after you put them over to the USB, put the USB into the pc and then turn it off, then on. and when you turn it on spam F12 to get into BIOS-option where you have to start it with your USB and install it from there.

      let me know if you need futher help 🙂

      • trina cecilia gonzalez aguero

        regalame el enlace del controlador de audio y sonido de mi laptop vit 32 bits con windown 10 – se desaptivo mi controlador y de ninguna manera he podido recuperarlo y no quiero formatear mi computadora, gracias

  • l.caroline

    Cant get my photos off my camera via SD slot since I upgraded to Windows 10.I have a Sony Vaio. Heeelpppp!

  • Chris

    I have win 10 0n 3 computers. One being five years old, and the other 2 are 3 years old. I haven’t had any issues, and as far as my 2 printers go; I downloaded the free software for the update. Sometimes you just need to do a bit of research, and then you won’t have to trash whatever printer or anything other additional hardware.

    Please don’t take this as me be sarcastic or rude; as that is not my intention.

  • Cliff Marsh

    Hm! . . I’ve had nothing but trouble with W10 – absolute sh…t! My USB audio device not seen, my USB hard drive not seen (lots of apps on it), dual displays ‘swapped over by themselves’ ie no intervention from me but easy to reset.
    I’m close to kicking MS into touch and going the Apple way.

  • norman bradbury

    I had a pc with windows hp it worked fine, I could do loads of things on it as it was so easy and straightforward and I’m no whizzkid, so I was faced with a choice like thousands of others either load a new operating system or buy a new pc with windows 10 already installed I chose the latter, the first thing I found was windows 10 wouldn’t talk with my printer no drivers available so out goes the printer, costs so far about £ 500 Right, I thought at least my pc and printer are on speaking terms but now a find I need to update or install some software all at a price, after you have been told it’s free, I think that several thousand users like myself have been conned I feel like getting my old pc and printer out of the garage and muddling through

  • Rob Bennie

    absolutely disgusted with the way Microsoft has treated its loyal customers with Windows 10. My computer has had nothing but problems since the upgrade and as fast as I sort one out another one crops up. Time for a class action lawsuit against Microsoft.

    • Pgraham

      I agree, the same here. I wish I had never upgraded wo windows 10 but it’s like we didn’t have a choice. It kept popping up to upgrade.

    • Nanners

      now I cant sync fitbit. grrrr. windows 10

    • HoleyGrail

      Couldn’t agree more. I had been avoiding updating to Windows 10 for as long as possible – so that I wasn’t having to deal with all the teething issues that come with Windows Upgrades. Eventually they literally gave me no choice but to upgrade. Since then, I’ve lost my entire Microsoft Outlook access, including all my business emails. It is an absolute sham! And yet, there’s nothing we ‘everyday’ people can do about it.

    • Laura Walker

      yep i agree, after a yr. or so it just crashed nothing would respond ever. so i had to do a one key recover and it wiped out all my pics etc. so im on windows 8.1 and it seems fine so far, very it took a long time for me to understand windows ten too. i have heard bad reviews for ten.

    • Stephanie

      I agree! Ever since it automatically updated, I have had nothing but issues. My laptop is not quite 3 years old yet and its a paper weight now. My older laptop that is 7 years old works better now! So mad at Microsoft for this.

    • Maggie Bolton

      You know what Ron I absolutely hate microsoft .If there was an alternative I would jump with them in a minute .I am so sick of windows

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      • gary yukich

        I am sick of windows too.10years ago computers were easy to run-now not-passwords fill up a book-google wants my soul-updates constantly, pop ups turned to off-still getting pop ups and tried installing a printer-forget it-got Linux installed-took windows out-I was an I T an guy in Saudi Arabia as well, anyway was given this windows nightmare

  • kusuma suryamohanarao

    mine is lenovo H330 branded having with ms,sd slot.
    my problem is sd card not recognized by pc.Recently one month back I got upgrade to win 10 from win 7.
    what I have to follow the further steps.

  • Gretsch

    I have the newest driver for my Logitech M705, the mouse still hesitates, stops and left click works sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t. I thought 10 is supposed to be the panacea. Something as simple as a mouse, give me a break Microsoft!

  • Gustavo

    My mouse is on A4tech bw-27 and no have drivers for win 10, what can i do for fix my problem ? send-me a e-mail plz….

  • Jian Shi

    There is no “Other devices” in Windows 10

  • Carolyn El

    Thanks!! There are a lot of different websites explaining in ways we can use their services, however, it is a charge. Afraid to pay for websites if uncertain. Don’t mind paying for honest and legit services.